The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) provides funding through a competitive grant process for boating access projects and other boating-related activities within the State of Florida. The Monroe County Office of Marine Resources was chosen as a grant recipient of this funding for local projects that met the eligibility criteria. Each funded project below represents an improvement in recreational boating access and safety as well as other benefits to the local boating community. In addition, the financial assistance provided by these grants allows Monroe County to augment Boating Improvement Funds for other important waterway management needs.
Fiscal Year 2021: Marker Replacements in the Upper Keys
PRESS RELEASE: MONROE COUNTY MARINE RESOURCES REPLACES REGULATORY ‘NO MOTOR ZONE’ MARKERS IN UPPER KEYS
Monroe County Office of Marine Resources replaced 80 regulatory marker buoys at the Whale Harbor Channel “Flats” in Islamorada and 11 regulatory marker buoys at Harry Harris Park in Tavernier. Both regulatory No Motor Zones areas were established in 2003. Within a No Motor Zone, all vessels equipped with internal combustion motors (e.g., gasoline or diesel motors) for propulsion must turn off the internal combustion motor and, if possible, tilt or raise the internal combustion motor out of the water.
This project was funded in part through a grant awarded to Monroe County by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). Replacement of these waterway markers improves boater safety by increasing marker visibility and understanding of waterway regulations, promotes boating access, and protects shallow-water resources such as seagrass and coral.
The Monroe County Office of Marine Resources maintains more than 550 aids to navigation, encompassing 22 boating regulatory zones and 36 channel marker chains throughout the Florida Keys. The FBIP funding significantly augments Monroe County’s Boating Improvement Fund, which is generated from recreational vessel registrations and is used to maintain waterway marking infrastructure and other important boating and waterways services.
Fiscal Year 2016-2017: Derelict Vessel Removal & Marker Replacements
Fiscal Year 2015-2016: Derelict Vessel Removal
Fiscal Year 2014-2015: Regulatory Buoy Replacement at Whale Harbor Sandbar & Derelict Vessel and Floating Structure Removal